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Montpellier confirms its role as an international reference in the water sector

Information updated on 21/01/20

As home to the new International Center for Water Resources and the France Water Team federation, the Montpellier area hosts a large number of researchers, training programs, and expert companies for water, a key resource for humans and the planet.

Montpellier s’affirme comme un pôle international de l’eau

Montpellier confirms its role as an international reference in the water sector

For the first time in France, the creation of a UNESCO International Center for Water Resources in Montpellier was approved on November 18 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. “Montpellier’s scientific community has reached a milestone of international recognition,” exclaims Eric Servat, director of the Montpellier Institute for Water and Environment (IM2E, with 400 scientists and 150 PhD students in 15 laboratories).

The institute, which has brought Montpellier to top ranking in France, is becoming the UNESCO International Center for Water Resources.

“Joining the thirty other Chairs and international UNESCO Water Family Centers will expand our networks,” confirms Eric Servat.

This will be a benefit for attracting students and high-level scientists, promoting research, and creating collaboration opportunities.

“It could also help support our funding requests with major worldwide foundations.”

Water Tech Hackathon on December 13 and 14

A major area for water sciences, Montpellier is also a source for expert companies. Montpellier is home to the headquarters of the France Water Team federation, a national competitiveness cluster launched by Aqua Valley in September 2019. The federation is based in Montpellier, supported by Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, and allied with Dream Eau et Milieux, and Hydreos. The cluster represents an ecosystem of 500 major companies, SMEs, startups, and research and training organizations, with plans to double the number of assisted projects and focus on digital transformation.

Digitalization was omnipresent at the Water Tech Hackathon held on December 13 and 14, 2019, organized by the Universities of Montpellier, Barcelona, and Reunion Island.

“Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole was a partner of the event, and its Water, Treatment, and Economic Development departments played an important role by proposing several challenges concerning water and the city,” explains the director of IM2E.

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